New Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205 is Lighter Than a GLA X156

Despite Mercedes-Benz bragging about the rather drastic decrease in weight of the all-new C-Class W205 compared with the old W204, most people took it for granted.
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As it seems, even though the new “Baby Benz” is larger in pretty much all directions compared with the old model, to the point of actually offering a larger wheelbase than the E-Class W210, the drop in weight is so significant that it's mind-boggling.

To put it into perspective, we looked at the curb weight of a Mercedes-Benz C 180 W205 and compared it with the curb weight of a GLA 200 X156.

As most of you know, both the GLA and the C-Class are brand new three-pointed star models, with the GLA being based on the highly-successful MFA (Modular Front Architecture) platform, while the much larger C-Class being only current Mercedes-Benz built on the MRA (Modular Rear Architecture).

For the comparison we used the optionally-available seven-speed transmissions, with the C-Class being fitted with the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic and the GLA 200 with the 7G-DCT dual clutch. Not at all coincidentally, both models come with the 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder from the M270 engine family.

To see the big picture, keep in mind that the rear-wheel driven C-Class W205 is longer, wider and just slightly lower than the GLA X156 crossover/SUV with front-wheel drive.

The results are pretty startling to say the least, as the much larger C 180 actually weighs about 10 kg (22 pounds) less than the smaller GLA 200, something which is pretty awesome in our book. We can't wait to see how the upcoming MRA-based models will be in terms of weight, because the first one is obviously a game-changer.
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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